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How to Stop Working, Avoiding Burnout & Other 2015 Musings

I want to talk about several things in this post. About the rough year I’ve had. About being dead slow in work and then over-scheduled. About being burnt out, stressed out and learning how to stop working. I’ve been in business for over five years now, and this has been one of the hardest years I’ve ever had. Except for when...

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Working With A UX Developer

I’ve long since noticed that the way I approach development is completely different than most other developers. While I always aim to get the final product as close to the design mockups as possible, a lot of clients are often surprised at how well I do that (I thought that was the basic job of a front-end dev!)  and that they...

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Client Red Flags & The Art of No

No matter how long you’ve worked in this industry, you’ll always encounter bad clients. A lot of the times, we can spot them from far off and send them packing. Then there are times the red flags don’t start waving until the middle of the project, or we can be so excited to work on a particular project that we completely...

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The Art of Client Filtering

When we first start out as freelancers, our instinct is to accept every client and project that comes our way, and this is okay when we’re new to the industry. After all, you need to start making a name for yourself and you probably have bills to pay. But this practice is not maintainable in the long run. You’ll quickly...

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Perks of Having A Side Project

This past three weeks have seen me working hard on my new project, Skeinly. While it has nothing to do with our web industry (besides being a web app itself), it’s pushing me far forward in terms of skill and knowledge. So far I’ve had to sit down and write up business plans and ideas, draw UI wireframes, help the...

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Changes In My Development Workflow

I didn’t want to just post the typical New Year’s look-back at 2013 – so I’m doing something a little different. Although I’ve stayed away from using things like pre-processors and frameworks, I’ve noticed that my code and workflow is always naturally evolving and improving. I’ll tend to do something the same for awhile, and then all of a sudden...

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The Danger of Working With Other Freelancers

Today I’m up at 5:30 after only getting four hours of sleep, because I’m dealing with a complete website meltdown. Yay fun, right? The difficult part of it though, is that I didn’t code this site. Instead I had hired another developer to help me out because the site required a ton of backend work that was above my head....

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Resoluting 2013

I’m normally not one to care about New Years, but I decided that I wanted to make some major changes in my life in 2013. While 2012 was a great year in London, there were several things that happened that weren’t so pleasant, and I seemed to fall off the rails a bit in both my personal and professional life....

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Hello, Emmett.

It’s true what they say about old dogs and new tricks. I have to admit I’m not the most embracing when it comes to trying out new ways to code. However I quickly fell in love with one Emmett (aka Zen Coding) as soon as I saw their intro video on their website. Before I go one with the review,...

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Reasons To Be Creative & dConstruct 2012

Two awesome conferences. One week. One tired speaker, y’all. Brighton is one of my favourite places to be, so I relished in the opportunity to be able to speak at Reasons to be Creative and attend dContruct all in the same week. Both were wildly different conferences, but both were fantastic! Reasons to be Creative Sunday night was the speaker...

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